Stay Safe in Bass Coast

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Emergency: 000

The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right emergency service to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance in life threatening or emergency situations. 
 Calls to Triple Zero (000) are free and can be made from mobile phones, home /work phones or pay phones.


The Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) is a volunteer-based organisation that responds to, and assists with, road crash rescue, storm and water damage, missing persons and general rescue.   For assistance call 132 500.

Beach Safety:

We all love a day at the beach; however, the surf can be unpredictable. Lifeguards put up red and yellow flags to show the supervised area of the beach and that a lifesaving service is currently operating.

If there are no red and yellow flags, you should not go swimming.

Staying safe and making the most of the coast requires knowledge and skills. Click here to learn about beach safety, surf skills and first aid, the science of the surf and the creatures in our oceans. www.beachsafe.org.au/surf-safety

Bushfire Safety:

Victoria is one of the most fire prone regions in Australia. We all need to be careful with fire, especially during the warmer months.  On designated Total Fire Ban days there are specific activities that are not allowed, and others that are only allowed with strict guidelines. These are detailed in the CFA Can I, Can't I Brochure at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/ 

Phillip Island and Bass Coast is located in the Central Fire District. To view a four day Fire Danger Rating forecast of the district Click Here.

A Total Fire Ban is declared for the district by CFA on days when fires are likely to spread rapidly and could be difficult to control.
A Total Fire Ban declaration means no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day - irrespective of the Fire Restriction status for a given municipality. See also: Can I Can't I?


It is critical to make sure that you have access to UP TO DATE and ACCURATE information whilst on your travels. The CFA website www.cfa.vic.gov.au & smart phone App should be your first port of call, but there are lots of other ways to access information

  • Radio: ABC radio and 774 radio (as well as all major commercial stations) now have fire warning announcements in place
  • Victorian Bushfire Information Line has information about controlled burns on their system PHONE 1800 240 667
  • TV: nightly weather
  • Internet: Bureau of Meteorology www.bom.gov.au/vic or DSE websites www.dse.vic.gov.au
  • Newspapers 

Traffic Conditions:

An increase in traffic volume can be expected on Phillip Island and around Bass Coast during busy periods. Traffic can often congest on the Phillip Island Road during peak holiday times (public holiday’s Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Easter) and this may create long delays. Please plan your journey, drive safely and allow extra time when travelling during these periods.  


Boating and Fishing Safety:

When fishing along our coast please be aware of the surroundings. Always check the local conditions before boating or fishing. Click here to read Lifesaving Victoria's Rock Fishing Safety brochure and here for a multilingual brochure. 

For details on licences, fees and exemptions please Click Here. 

Injured Wildlife: 

Wildlife Victoria: 1300 094 535


Phillip Island injured wildlife:  0412258396

Click here for more information on injured or orphaned wildlife


Health Care:

Wonthaggi Hospital: (03) 5671 3333

A'Beckett Street Medical Centre, 25 A'Beckett Street, Inverloch - (03) 5674 1207

Leongatha Medical Group, 18 Reilly Street, Inverloch - (03) 5674 2700

Wonthaggi Medical Clinic (includes an after-hours service), 42 Murray Street, Wonthaggi - (03) 5672 1333

South Gippsland Family Medical, 1 Billson Street, Wonthaggi - (03) 5672 4111

Bass Coast Community Health Centre, 1 Back Beach Road, San Remo - (03) 5678 5388 

Phillip Island Medical Group, 164 Thompson Avenue, Cowes - (03) 5951 1800 

Phillip Island Medical Group, 123 Marine Parade, San Remo - (03) 5678 5402 

Cowes Doctors, 12 Warley Ave, Cowes - (03) 5952 5877

Bass Coast Shire Council: 1300 BCOAST (226 278)






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